Build Confidence with Winter Programs at the Y

The New Canaan YMCA gives the community a place to play, to learn, to be healthy, to eat well, to build confidence, to connect, and to give back this winter. The new winter activity offering includes a variety of classes, social groups, events, and volunteer initiatives for all ages!

Registration will be available online for current members, as well as at the New Canaan YMCA Front Desk for both members and non-members beginning on Monday, November 11. The 12-week session begins on Monday, December 2 and runs through Saturday, March 7.

The Y strives to provide safe and nurturing programming for local youth. The preschool programs are a great way for children to stay active and make new friends. Classes for the upcoming session include soccer, lacrosse, basketball, backyard sports, Bouncing Bears gymnastics, swim lessons, and more!

The Y also offers an assortment of exciting youth and middle school programs for grades 1-8. Two new fencing classes are offered to youth ages 7-17, in addition to golf offered for those in kindergarten through fifth grade. Fencing will be led by Way of the Sword Fencing Academy, offering participants an alternative sport to learn while competing against others in his or her age group. Middle school-aged sports for grades fifth through eighth comprise of soccer, girls’ volleyball, as well as an advanced beginner’s volleyball clinic for girls in eighth grade who have participated in girls’ volleyball prior to the clinic. Youth small group training classes will be offered this winter, including youth total conditioning for ages eight to 15, where each class offers new and exhilarating ways for kids to stay active. In addition, youth strength training will be offered for ages 12 to 14. Youth strength training is free to those with a family membership at the Y.

Not only will middle school-aged children have the opportunity to take over the Y on Middle School Night, elementary school-aged children will also have their own night at the Y through Youth @ the Y! Through these programs, youth have the opportunity to experience all areas of the Y, and try new games and activities throughout the facility. This winter, Youth @ the Y will be held on December 7, January 11, February 8, and March 14. Middle School Night will take place on December 14, January 25, February 29, and March 28.

For those who like to stick to the slopes this winter, Middle School Ski & Board Club will return on Fridays, and a special trip to the slopes over February break! Other middle school programs that will be offered include the Non-Traditional Sports Club and an opportunity to take part in the Red Cross Babysitting Certification program. Way of the Sword offers fencing classes to members and non-members in high school who are looking for an alternative competitive sport. All skill levels are welcome with the opportunity to compete in a fencing tournament.

All children, regardless of need or ability, are welcome at the Y. The special needs programs provide 1:1 assistance, allowing members with special needs with the opportunity to participate in traditional programs. Additionally, the Y offers specialized social-recreational and wellness programs intended specifically for those with special needs. The session will feature the popular music class, Y Tunes Drumming, as well as Rhythm Hearts Theater, Teen Scene, and YSN Community Helpers, which focuses on holiday community service projects. Other classes for the winter session include Wildcats basketball, dance jam, gym & swim, and yoga.

Aquatics programs for all ages will be offered this winter. The life-long skills developed in aquatics programs benefit all participants both physically and mentally. Whether it be adult lap, swim lessons, competitive aquatics programs, or group exercise classes, there is something for everyone!

Adult wellness services include personal training and the Pilates apparatus, as well as a range of drop-in group exercise classes including yoga, strength training, indoor cycling, Pilates, Zumba, TRX zone and many more. The Livestrong at the YMCA program continues to be offered to any cancer survivor within the community.

All individuals should have access to the life-changing programs offered at the New Canaan YMCA regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is provided through gifts made to the Y’s Annual Support Campaign. Financial assistance applications and instructions may be found online at www.newcanaanymca.org/membership. If you would like to make a donation to support the Y’s 2019 Annual Support Campaign, please visit www.newcanaanymca.org/donate or fill out a form at the Front Desk.

A complete listing of activities being offered for winter 2019-2020 is available at the New Canaan YMCA Front Desk and can also be viewed online at www.newcanaanymca.org. For additional information, call 203-966-4528.